MANILA, Philippines — Bella Belen’s willpower to ship National University’s first UAAP ladies’s volleyball title since 1957 led to her excellent efficiency in her rookie 12 months.
Belen, an MVP and rookie of the 12 months candidate, delivered 15 factors because the Lady Bulldogs dominated the Lady Spikers, 25-20, 25-12, 25-21, in Game 1 of the UAAP Season 84 ladies’s volleyball Finals on Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.
“I just play my game. Our goal is to win the championship this season. If ever we received individual awards, it’s just a bonus for us, an extra trophy for our hard work,” mentioned Belen in Filipino after pushing the Lady Bulldogs a win nearer to an ideal season.
The 19-year-old obtained MVP chants from the NU followers within the Finals opener, however she remained laser-sharp centered on finishing her aim.
“I heard their cheers. But I stayed focused in the game,” mentioned Belen, who constructed a robust case for the MVP and high rookie awards within the elimination spherical.
The former UAAP women’ MVP was within the Top 10 in 5 of the seven expertise classes. Her teammates have been additionally excellent with Lams Lamina main the perfect setter race, Alyssa Solomon as the perfect attacker, and libero Jen Nierva as the perfect receiver after 14 video games.
NU coach Karl Dimaculangan, who was additionally an MVP and accomplished an ideal season as a participant of University of Santo Tomas, mentioned Belen and her teammates’ excellent season is a results of their work ethic.
“All of them have a winning attitude in training. I really appreciate their work ethic. For Bella, she just needs to keep up the good work and enjoy her game,” Dimaculangan mentioned.
Belen is comfortable that she helped NU attain this far together with her highschool teammates Lamina, Solomon, and Sheena Toring.
“I’m happy because I’m still with my high school teammates in aiming to make history for NU,” she mentioned.
But the job is just not but finished as Belen and the Lady Bulldogs attempt to clinch the Season 84 crown in Game 2 on Tuesday.
“We have to work again in training because there were moments in Game One that we slowed down and gave up free points,” she mentioned.
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